Keep your acrylic colours wet for weeks, months..

by Emma
(South Australia)

I tend to use alot of mixed colours,that i have made for spesific colour scheme, or even murals.

For murals, i find the best way to store large amounts of premixed paints is in old well washed shampoo bottles, with a Well sealing lid- or screw top sealing sauce bottles the squeezy kind. They seal well, and make pouring on a pallet very easy and mess free, they also come in clear which makes it easy to identify your colour!

For smaller amounts of paint, i tend to premix and entire colour scheme for a painting- i do this on a pallet or and old dinner plate. I scoop my colours into large ice trays with a pallet knife. This holds the paint in a little resivor which stops it drying out so quickly during use. Not only this when i pack it up i tend to squirt the tray with a fine mist of water from a house hold squirty bottle, before covering and sealing with glad wrap. Using this method i have kept small amounts of paint for months during summer. I occassionally unwrapped it and reapplied the spray but all was well.

Also for easy clean up of good qaulity acrylics, allow to dry completely on a non porus pallet, You will find It peels off in small sheets. It may take a little scratching to lift the edges. Test out your paints on an old dinner plate you dont care about if you are unsure, but you should be pleasantly surprised.

Hope that helps you out.

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keep acrylics wet
by: Deb

Old plastic video boxes ones which held pre recorded, they work great as palettes and seal well once sprayed lasts for days

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by: Anonymous

Another way of keeping your paint moist. I place my paint in an ice cube tray as a palette. When I pack up I place a wet paper towel over the top and wrap it in glad-wrap or a plastic lunch bag. This can keep paint wet as long as you wish.

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Keeping paints wet
by: Anonymous

I use the giant-size pill dispensers; the ones that have S-M-T-W-Th-F-Sa on them. They have a snap top, so they will keep for a while, and you can always spray them with water and mix them to keep them moist.

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How to keep acrylics wet
by: Mops

Hi Emma:
Thank you for this information...much appreciated.
You reminded me that some time ago I bought some ice cube trays with lids.. Managed to dig them out. Starting to save all my "sqeezy" type bottles.
Mops

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by: Audrey

Hi Emma
I do exactly what you do to save my acrylics but instead of using 'glad wrap' I put the ice trays in a tupperware container. That works really well. Thanks for the advice.
Audrey

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